We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

El Expolio De La Arena

El Expolio De La Arena

In this original version, investigative journalist Cristina Sáez, writing for leading spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, exposes how extensive, detrimental, silenced yet utterly pervasive "The pillaging of beach sand" has become.

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu, is an image from Ryan Moss.

Green And Golden Seaweed Tides On The Rise, By Victor Smetacek & Adriana Zingone

Green And Golden Seaweed Tides On The Rise, By Victor Smetacek & Adriana Zingone

Green, brown and red seaweeds lying on the beach are part and parcel of life in many coastal regions. The amount of beached seaweed biomass started to increase along the shores of industrialized countries in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had become a nuisance along many beaches when mass-stranding events of macroalgae became known as green tides.

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $207 million plan to dredge millions of tons of sand off the south shore of Long Island and spread it along the beaches and dunes. It is a colossal waste of money and another consequence of the nation’s failure to develop a coherent plan to address the risks from storms faced by states along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

The 30-mile long, continuous sandy shoreline around Monterey Bay is the most visited stretch of shoreline on the central coast. Yet, it holds the dubious distinction of being the only active beach sand mining operation along the entire United States shoreline. To make matters even worse, it all takes place along the shoreline of a protected National Marine Sanctuary. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

Just Washed In


Israel’s beaches: where sand and sun meet pollution

News, Pollution

The Bat Galim beach in Haifa, which has been closed to swimmers for eight days, stands next to the barb-wired backside of an army base. Across the way, housing projects bake slowly in the sun. Three years ago, I came here on a date, and it seemed to be one of Israel’s most forlorn beaches. Even the sand is grayer, and harder.


How India’s cities came to drown in sewage and waste

Sewage and waste infrastructure has failed to keep up with urban expansion, leaving India to drown in its excreta.


Bin in Hawaii confirmed to be Japan tsunami debris

A large plastic bin is the first confirmed piece of marine debris from last year’s Japan tsunamis to arrive in Hawaii, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday.


Court Rules Against Village In Global Warming Case

A federal appeals court has ruled against the eroding northwest Alaska village of Kivalina, which sued energy companies over claims that greenhouse emissions contributed to global warming that is threatening the community’s existence.


Man-Made English Saltmarshes Are Failing To Meet European Plant Standards

Erosion, News

Man-made English salt marshes are failing to meet European conservation regulations that stipulate they should be as rich in plant life as natural wetlands, a new study warned.


From Melting Glaciers To Rising Sea Levels: 7 Countries Battling Water Issues

The planet has plenty of eco-problems, especially with water. Across the globe, permafrost and glaciers are melting, while sea levels are rising. Here are seven images of countries from space and the water concern that each nation faces.


Cooking The Climate Wrecking The Reef:The Global Impact Of Coal Exports From Australia’s Galilee Bassin, Greenpeace


A coal basin near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will rank among the world’s worst producers of carbon pollution if fully mined, Greenpeace said, as it warned of devastating consequences. ” Cooking The Climate Wrecking The Reef: The Global Impact Of Coal Exports From Australia’s Galilee Bassin”, is a Greenpeace Australia Report.


Finding Heart In The Melting Arctic

The record has already been broken, but it is about to be shattered. This isn’t the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about.


Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Record Highs on Northeast Continental Shelf

During the first six months of 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest ever recorded, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).


Higher Levels Of BPA in Children and Teens Significantly Associated With Obesity


This is the first association of an environmental chemical in childhood obesity in a large, nationally representative sample…

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